JENNIFER OHMAN-RODRIGUEZ, MDiv, MEd
Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez recently graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Master of Divinity degree. During the height of the pandemic she served as Vicar and sole pastoral presence to the congregation of St. Andrew Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Currently Ohman-Rodriguez is in the first call process in Word and Sacrament ministry in the ELCA.
Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez’ extensive work in faith formation curricula, devotions, and worship resources is published by Augsburg Fortress, Sparkhouse, and Westminster John Knox Press in the resources of Fed and Forgiven, Sundays and Seasons, Christ in our Home, Spark, Whirl, Frolic, Feasting on the Word Curriculum, in leader sourcebooks accompanying the work the Dan Erlander, and used as prayers in the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
Since 2016 much of Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez’ writing focuses on the intersection between faith, traumatic experiences, and trauma recovery. Her first book A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance: A Love Story of Grief, Trauma, Healing, and Faith is published by Chalice Press. Her magazine articles and essays appear in Bearings Online, Gather, The Christian Century, Young Children, Young Children and the Creative Arts, QC Family Focus, The Lutheran, The Lutheran Digest, Zoay, Books Make a Difference, The Living Lutheran, Faith+Lead as well as The Little Lutheran and The Little Christian. Ohman-Rodriguez also curates the Trauma Recovery Page at Compassionate Christianity and is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter.
Prior to ministry, Ohman-Rodriguez worked in the early care and education field for twenty years. In 1993 she earned a Master of Education degree from the Erikson Institute for Advanced Studies in Child Development in Chicago, Illinois. During her career she taught in a variety of settings including childcare, traditional preschool, Head Start, and at the college level. She also directed a preschool program, worked as a teacher trainer, and developed an inclusive arts program for preschool-age children in Wisconsin. She is the co-creator and served as the first coordinator of Quality through Accreditation, an early care and education quality enhancement program based in the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities. Along with two other professionals she presented ideas for raising early care and education quality at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference (NAEYC) in 2007.
Before becoming an educator, Ohman-Rodriguez was a professionally trained musician with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez is in the first call process toward ordination in Word and Sacrament ministry in the ELCA. Her first book, A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance: A Love Story of Grief, Trauma, Healing, and Faith, is published by Chalice Press. Ohman-Rodriguez curates the Trauma Recovery Page at Compassionate Christianity and holds master’s degrees in early child development and divinity.
I use the pronouns she, her, and hers.
I hold both belief and faith as existing together. My belief is in something far bigger than myself. So immense my imagination cannot fathom its greatness. It is almost unknowable, making a mystery of it all. In my Lutheran Christian tradition I name my belief as God as revealed in Holy Trinity: God, Jesus, and Spirit. My faith is in believing that at the very core of every molecule of creation God is and that God is love. My faith believes God as love and love as God live in us while we also live in God. When I sit with my faith in prayer, meditation, writing, scripture, and worship, God as love bubbles up within me flowing out into the world with delight.